I have absolutely loved Byron Katie for a number of years. From the first time I saw her doing ‘ The Work,’ I was hooked.
The Work entered Katie’s life in her thirties, she was going through a very dark depressed and had been for many years. Her depression spiraled into rage, self-loathing, and constant thoughts of suicide over a ten year period. For the last two of those years, she struggled to leave her bedroom. Then one morning curled up in the fetal position on the floor, she had a life-changing experience where she had a ‘waking up to reality’ moment.
In her own words, she says,
I discovered that when I believed my thoughts, I suffered, but that when I didn’t believe them, I didn’t suffer, and that this is true for every human being. Freedom is as simple as that. I found that suffering is optional. I found a joy within me that has never disappeared, not for a single moment. That joy is in everyone, always.
She realized her own beliefs had been causing her depression not the world around her. Instead of endlessly trying to change the world to match her thoughts, she could question these thoughts and, in doing so see her thoughts for what they were, thoughts, she had chosen to believe. Discovering that brought her immense freedom and joy.
From that freedom, she went from suicidal and without hope to absolutely loving all that life had to offer.
Katie has said that ‘The Work,’ her process of self-inquiry didn’t result from the experience but instead arrived with the experience.
In this video Katie (known as Byron Katie) goes through the steps to teach us how we can use the 4 questions about a thought that brings suffering, so we can turn the thought around and free ourselves from it whilst also finding compassion for the other person or understanding of the situation that moments earlier, brought us pain.
The 4 Questions:
Is it true?
Can I really know it’s true?
How do I react when I think that thought?
Who would I be in this situation without this thought?
To see The Work in action, watch this beautiful, gentle woman explain how you can free yourself from all your limiting and pain inducing beliefs to life a free and joy-filled life in this interview by Farnoosh http://www.prolificliving.com. ..
To Do The Work click the link.
I hope this amazing Work can be of use to you or someone you care about. It’s life altering stuff!